Aside from the overwhelming physical destruction, killer tornadoes can leave behind a terrible mystery: Where did the vanished go? How Joplin, Mo., is managing the crisis of the missing.
Joplin missing: Emergency workers in Joplin searched Thursday for more than 230 people listed as missing after a tornado tore through the city.
Wildfires have burned 2,500 square miles and destroyed more than 250 homes. A majority of the fires have been set by hand, either on purpose or unintentionally, says the Texas Forest Service.
Some of them, including Lincoln Financial, have bought small banks or thrifts in the hope of qualifying for government help.